A decade after Charlie Chan Is Dead (1993), until now the best source of contemporary Asian American fiction, novelist and poet Jessica Hagedorn returns to edit a new collection of 42 selections by members of America's fastest growing group. Classically separate from America's "melting pot," Asian immigrants have joined forces to combat racism and social injustice despite enormous differences among them in ethnicity, education, and income levels, a diversity well reflected in the fiction showcased here. There's the Chinese grandmother in Jen Gish's "Who's Irish," who cannot understand her son-in-law's Irish family's "plain, boiled food and plain, boiled thinking." Peter Bacho's "Rico," a portrait of an unemployed "fightin' Philippino" whose only option is enlistment during Vietnam. And Vietnamese-born Lindh Dinh's "Dead on Arrival," a privileged immigrant's stream-of-consciousness reverie that never strays far from thoughts of random mortality. Throughout, the family/not-family, belonging/outsider themes reverberate, rendering these stories at once particular and universal. Whitney Scott
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About the Author
Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty.
Elaine H. Kim is an author and editor, as well as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division and Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.